Senior Recognition Kamiak High School

Congrats Class of 2020

We recognize our seniors' achievements, scholarships and awards they have earned. This is an incredible group of students with a wide range of talents and skills, as you will see from the honors they have earned.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank and honor the parents, families and friends. Most likely, your students' accomplishments involved your support and encouragement. We appreciate the commitment you have shown to their education.

The awards and scholarships that will be announced are by no means the only ones earned by our seniors. Many universities, foundations, and private benefactors are still in the process of selecting recipients. So you will notice that some awards were unable to be included. We will continue to update as information is acquired.

Go Knights!!


Our finalists placed among the top 1 percent of the 1.5 million students who entered the National Merit Scholarship competition by taking the PSAT in their Junior year.

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students

This outstanding group of students placed among the top 5 percent of the 1.5 million students who entered the National Merit Scholarship competition by taking the PSAT in their Junior year.

Collegiate Athletes & Athletic Scholarship Recipients

NCAA Divisions I and II schools provide more than $2.7 billion in athletics scholarships annually to more than 150,000 student- athletes. Only about two-percent of high school athletes are awarded athletics scholarships to compete in college. Of the student-athletes participating in sports with professional leagues, very few become professional athletes. A college education is the most rewarding benefit of the student-athlete experience.

Kamiak Athletic Booster Club Scholarship

The Kamiak Athletic Booster Club scholarships are given to eligible seniors who will attend college next year and have participated on a Kamiak athletic team.


Dr. Jack Kniseley Inspirational Athletic Scholarship Award

In honor of former Kamiak Principal Jack Kniseley, Kamiak coaches nominate senior athletes who demonstrate outstanding character and perseverance both inside and outside of the athletic arena. Two recipients are chosen. Funding is provided by the Kamiak Athletic Booster Club.

Jake Long Memorial Scholarship

While at Kamiak, Jake Long was a standout baseball player and student leader who continues to inspire his former teammates and classmates to be at their best by following Jake’s example of treating everyone with respect and kindness. Jake’s baseball abilities and leadership continue to inspire the Kamiak Knights baseball program and will do so forever. The Jake Long Memorial Scholarship is given to a Senior Baseball or Softball player who inspires their teammates to be at their best, demonstrates school spirit and leadership, and earns exemplary grades in the classroom.

Frank Nickerson Memorial Scholarship

Coach Frank Nickerson was a beloved teacher and baseball coach at Kamiak High School who guided and mentored thousands of students throughout his teaching and coaching career. Coach Nickerson’s integrity and toughness is something that his colleagues, his students, and his players will never forget. The Frank Nickerson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a senior baseball or softball player who best embodies the characteristics of integrity and toughness on the field, while also earning stellar grades in the classroom especially in the subject of English.

Cliff Gillies Student Award

The student award was named in Cliff’s honor to recognize his commitment to education and student activities. The award’s criteria dealing with scholarship, citizenship, and participation in school activities typify the direction of Cliff’s efforts. He began his educational career as a teacher and coach at Monroe High School in 1951 before becoming the school’s principal in 1959. In 1963 he moved to Snohomish where he was the high school principal until he accepted the principalship of Mariner High School when the school opened in 1968. Cliff was a member of the Northwest District One Executive Board for a number of years. He served as the Board president and was a member of the WIAA Representative Assembly. Following the death of Hal Moe, Cliff was elected to the WIAA Executive Board and was an active member from 1968-75. After retiring from the Mukilteo School District, Cliff became an administrative assistant at the WIAA before being appointed as the Executive Director of the association, a position he held from 1982-93. Cliff was elected the president of the National Federation of State High School Associations in 1990-91. His achievements while Executive Director of the WIAA were many, including the establishment of the State football playoffs, the drug education program, and the Student Scholarship/Participation Recognition Award. For his work, Cliff has received numerous awards including the Hal Moe Award and the WIAA’s Meritorious Service Award, WIAA Hall of Fame recipient.

College & Private Scholarships, Individual Awards, Merit awards, Scholarships, and AA degrees from Running StarT

WA State Honors Award—Top 10%

The top 10% of Washington State’s eligible graduating seniors will receive a Washington State Honors Award. The selection of eligible students is determined by an index score that gives equal weight to the high school grade point average (GPA) and the SAT and/or ACT scores. Kamiak has 131 students that qualified for the Washington Honors Awards for 2020.

Kamiak Students of the Year Award

Selection for this Award is made from the list of seniors who were chosen as Kamiak Students of the Month during the current school year.

Grand Knight Award

This award is given to a student that reflects the qualities of The Kamiak Way. Knowledge of the world and ourselves, Nobility in our words and actions, Integrity especially when no one is watching, Gratitude for our challenges and triumphs, Humility in our pursuits of personal growth, Tenacity in accomplishing our goals, Service to our community and to one another.

2020 Bud Davis Memorial Scholarship

The 2020 Bud Davis Scholarship awards are provided by the family of Bud Davis, and decided upon by the Kamiak Science Department. Bud Davis was taken from us too soon, as he lost an impossible battle against AML. Bud grew up in the Marysville schools, playing football, tennis and discovering his life-long love for skiing at Mt. Pilchuck. Bud attended WWU studying chemistry and education, while playing on the tennis team. Bud was a life-long educator, having completed over 41 years of teaching. He touched the lives of thousands of students while teaching for Vashon Island, Granite Falls, Mariner and, most recently, Kamiak High School where he taught with his wife, Emily. His passion was teaching chemistry and the sciences. In his career, he taught other subjects, including math and driver's ed. Bud also coached many sports, including football, volleyball and girls' golf. He was the founder of the Kamiak High School STEM club. The sheer size of Bud's heart allowed him to be an amazingly loving and devoted husband, father, friend and educator. For Mr. Davis' students and all who knew him, he was a source of encouragement, compassion without bounds and dedication. He believed in ALL students and athletes; they felt his love, inspiration and tireless patience.

Kamiak Performing Arts Boosters’ Scholarships

These students represent the best of Kamiak’s Band, Choir, Dance, Drama, Guard, Jazz & Orchestra!

KPAB Anna Bui Memorial Scholarship

KPAB Anna Bui Memorial Scholarship Anna Bui was a 2015 graduate of Kamiak High School whose life was tragically ended when she was just 19 years old. Anna exuded a passion for singing and for life, living with humor and compassion. Her involvement in the arts included four years in the Kamiak choir, participation in the Starry Knights Barbershop group, the spring musicals, and volunteering with many community programs and activities that promoted music and the arts. This scholarship was created in her memory and is awarded to one senior in the choir program who most exemplifies the qualities that Anna lived by.

Kamiak PTO Scholarship

The PTO Scholarship is awarded to a senior who is enrolled full time in a 2 or 4 year college, university, or technical college for the upcoming Fall quarter.

Mukilteo Association of Classified Personnel

The Mukilteo Association of Classified Personnel Scholarship is based on goals, and school or community involvement.

Mukilteo Education Association Scholarship

The MEA awards have been named in honor of longtime MEA members and district employees. They were dedicated educators known for their commitment to and caring for students. Michelle Reichenbach taught at the intermediate and elementary level.

Mukilteo School District F.U.N. Committee Scholarship

This award is given by the Mukilteo School District Employees. Each year scholarship funds are donated to the school district’s “Committee for Fun, Unity and Networking.” Students chosen to receive this scholarship have demonstrated a strong commitment to education through class participation, student activities and/or community service.


Each year Edmonds Community College recognizes graduating seniors for Academic Excellence and Extra-Curricular Participation and awards them scholarship money towards tuition.


The Everett Community College Academic Excellence Award is given to academically promising seniors who plan on attending Everett Community College.

kiwanis club of mukilteo Scholarship

Kiwanis is an international service organization with the stated purpose of service to youth and the community. The Kiwanis scholarship aims to award scholarships to students who demonstrate qualities of citizenship and academics


Mukilteo Youth Soccer Club Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has soccer playing experience and has soccer volunteer experience (coach, referee, etc.) in the community. The goal of the MYSC is to encourage and support players who have a passion for the game of soccer.


South Everett/Mukilteo Rotary Club is part of Rotary International which has 1.2 million members in over 160 countries. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian services. The Club has built schools in Guatemala and water wells in Africa but most of all provides assistance to our local community. One of our greatest achievements is to provide continuing education in the form of scholarships to high school seniors in the Mukilteo School District. Scholarship selection is based on service above self, citizenship, special circumstances, and financial need.


Larry was a graduate of the Kamiak High School Class of 2002. This scholarship is awarded to a Kamiak student who has exhibited many of Larry’s personal qualities, demonstrates leadership skills, and leads a well-rounded personal life.

VFW Post #8870’s Freedom Scholarship

VFW Post #8870 Freedom Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors. Foour scholarships are given to students within the Edmonds and Mukilteo School Districts. To be eligible for the VFW Post #8870 Freedom Scholarship the student must have at least one sibling, parent, or grandparent that is a United States Military Veteran.

Kamiak Seniors Enlisting in the United States Military

Enlisting in the United States military is obviously very different than applying for any other job. Not everyone will qualify, and there are strict rules which would never apply to civilian employment. ​Congress and the courts have held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ensures all individuals are treated equally before the law with respect to civilian employment, does not apply to the military profession. The military doesn't accept just anyone who wants to join. In order to enlist, you must be qualified under current federal laws and regulations or have an appropriate waiver. There are age, citizenship, physical, education, height/weight,​ criminal record, medical, and drug history standards that can exclude you from joining the military. Generally speaking, you must be a high school graduate, have earned a GED or have met other high school equivalency requirements to enlist. To become an Officer, you must have received a four-year BS or BA degree from an accredited university and have strong grades.

Awarded appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point

West Point is one of the oldest service academies in the world, founded in 1802. Currently, it has an acceptance rate of only 10 percent.

Thank you to the sponsors and organizations that donated scholarships that help our students accomplish their dreams!

Kamiak has a bright, capable and talented senior class. We’re very proud of all our graduates. Their post-high school plans will take them in many different directions, and we know they’ll continue to lead wherever they go.

Contact Kamiak CCRC at KamiakCCRC@mukilteo.wednet.edu with corrections and updates.

Printable pdf version available on the Kamiak CCRC webpage.

Continue to scroll down to see where our seniors are going next year to colleges in Washington, out-of-state, and around the world!

oh, the places they'll go...


Mukilteo School District complies with federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle questions or complaints of alleged discrimination: Title IX Officer - Bruce Hobert (425-356-1319), Section 504 Coordinator – Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277), and the ADA/Access Coordinator – Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330), all located at 9401 Sharon Drive in Everett, WA 98204. Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Mike Gallagher, Interim Director (425-348-2220) at 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.


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